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WORCESTERSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF CARERS - SUPPORTING WORKING CARERS MAKES BUSINESS SENSE

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Date: 12/01/2018

Recent national statistics show that nearly 1 in every 8 workers in the UK is a carer, and close to 70% of carers have quit work or reduced their hours due to the stress of juggling work with care. 

Changing demographics and an ageing population mean that 3 in 5 of us will end up looking after a loved one at some point in our lives. Illness, an accident or the deterioration of an existing condition are rarely planned for - becoming a carer can happen at any time. The growing numbers of carers is something businesses will want to be aware of as evidence shows that over the next 30 years the number of carers will increase by around 60%. The most common age for caring is 45-64 where employees will be at the peak of their career, and a huge asset to the business when they become a “working carer”.

Supporting carers across the workforce isn’t just good for employees, it’s good for business too.

Research shows that supporting staff to effectively juggle their home and work life, and continue in employment, holds valuable benefits for the business, including:

·         Staff retention
·         Reduced absence
·         Increased productivity
·         Reduced recruitment costs
·         Improved people management
·         Reduced stress
·         Improved morale
·         Attraction of new talent
 
Working for Carers is an regional accreditation scheme for employers to help local businesses identify and support the carers in their workforce. This demonstrates a positive and proactive approach to supporting employees who are caring for someone outside of work. Research shows us that most employers are unaware of how many of their staff members are carers and many working carers don’t realise there is any support available to them.

What is the benefit of Working For Carers to Employers?

Becoming a Working for Carers employer demonstrates a company’s positive attitude towards staff members with caring responsibilities outside of work. It shows that they don’t just care about their business; they care about their people too. And since employees are arguably their most valuable asset, that can only be a good thing.

What are the benefits to carers?

 Employers who have joined the scheme will be supported to support carers in their work place more effectively. As a result employees might benefit from their employer developing new carer friendly policies and practices, or ensuring that all managers have been trained in carer awareness and therefore feel more confident to recognise and support carers in the their workplace.

What can Employers access via Working for Carers?

 By signing up as a member employers can access a network of likeminded employers and get access to exclusive membership resources and special offers. Members can view and download a range of help guides and training courses, all designed to help you to create a carer-friendly workplace. These  include :

• Access to an online library of downloadable resources
• Unlimited access to an online training centre for staff
• Company listing plus website and social media links in our Members Directory
• Business networking events and hosting opportunities
• Discounted advertising in our charity partner newsletters
• Special offers and discounts to pass on to your staff
• Unlimited free vacancy listings on our online Jobs Board
• Monthly e-newsletter

 How can Employers sign up to Working for Carers ?

 If you’re an employer based in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and would like more information on the scheme please contact Jane Taylor on: Jtaylor@carerworcs.org.uk or call directly on 01905 751348.
 Alternatively you can visit https://workingforcarers.co.uk/ Employers can sign up directly online on this site by using our reference number WorcsW4C when submitting their contact details

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Jane Taylor

Marketing and Communications Officer

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